In one of those columns for which the aging Broder is becoming famous, he treats us all to a walk down wistful memory lane, this time with the help of another aging Washington luminary-- Michigan Congressman John Dingell, who succeeded his father in a special election in--1955 (yikes)--when his father died in office. While Republican family connections always seem to raise talk of impending monarchy, Dems seem to get a pass on this one--Broder puts it here thusly: "It was 1955 when Dingell succeeded his late father in a special election from Downriver Detroit and took up the family business of working for health care to be guaranteed for every family regardless of income."
"Family business of working for healthcare". I'll say. John Dingell's never done a day of "business business" in his life. But I digress.
Broder's obviously a HUGE FAN of the healthcare atrocity, but even his cheerleading cannot hide the basic chicanery at the heart of this bill. Broder lightly puts it this way: "Inevitably, the cost of the guarantees embodied in this bill will confront a future Congress with hard choices these legislators finessed."
"Finessed"? I'll say. I love it when even someone on their side acknowledges that this bill is a lie.